Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris had a funny line when asked about Israel Idonije transitioning to full-time defensive end.
"Remember when you were a boy scout," Harris asked me.
(Actually, I do!)
"He's like a Swiss Army knife," Harris said of Idonije. "He can be whatever you want him to be, and he does great at it.
"That guy can do whatever he puts his mind to."
Meanwhile, Harris has been doing his part to help humanity.
He went on a two-week mission trip to Uganda with players from his alma mater, Oklahoma. He was joined by Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Baltimore Ravens receiver Mark Clayton as part of a group called Pros for Africa, which included Sooner alums who are work in a range of occupations, including medicine.
The primary goal was to build water wells.
"I been so many times, and I remember what it was like for my first time," Harris said. "So to see Adrian's face, and Mark's face, to see the shock of how different it is from where we live...
"The highlight was seeing the smile on the kids' faces," Harris said. "We brought filter straws, that the kids can drink (water) anywhere. They went crazy over them straws."
Harris also attended two events over two days in Minneapolis to benefit Carol Fitzgerald, the late mother of Arizona Cardinals All-Pro receiver Larry Fitzgerald who died of breast cancer in 2003. Then, on Monday night, Harris attended a fundraiser hosted by his Bears teammate Lance Briggs.